State Capitol on Lockdown; House Veto Override Votes Being Delayed

Illinois House set to vote on overriding budget vetoes	 	 	 			Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

-$300 million in funding for the second half of the 2017 fiscal year.

Without a budget, the state has been forced to delay or stop payments to many services that benefit the elderly, the poor, and students.

The $36 billion dollar budget passed Thursday is funded partially by a almost $5 billion income tax increase. It does not include changes Rauner has been pushing for since he took office in 2015, such as term limits for lawmakers and a property tax freeze.

The events in IL are part of a larger national trend involving disillusioned political followers that, at its most extreme, resulted in a shooting last month at congressional Republicans as they practiced for a benefit baseball game.

State Rep. Steven Andersson, R-Geneva, who broke with Rauner earlier this week to raise taxes and approve the budget, also voted to override Rauner's vetoes.

"Coming out of two consecutive years of widespread weakness in tax collections, states are approaching fiscal 2018 with caution", the NASBO report concluded. That's the longest any state has gone without a budget since at least the Great Depression. And as he seeks re-election next year, he can blame the outcome on Madigan's power and the "Chicago Machine", playing into the geographic politics that divides the state.

"A temporary tax increase did not solve our issues in 2011 and a permanent income tax increase certainly won't solve our issues now". It overrode the tax hike veto with the exact 71 votes required, while the spending bill passed with 74 votes.

Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, said the House intends to proceed with an override Thursday, but it depends on attendance.

Madigan's plan "is not balanced, does not cut enough spending or pay down enough debt, and does not help grow jobs or restore confidence in government", the governor said.

Rauner rapidly vetoed it, only to have the Democratic-controlled Senate just as swiftly override him. That sent them to the House.

Lang mentioned instances in which members are dealing with a family member's or a friend's death and the terminally ill relative of another.

That could change if the House decides to override the governor's veto.

On Sunday, 15 House Republicans voted to approve the measure.

House lawmakers were initially scheduled to convene at 1:30 p.m. for the vote. "We remain committed to fighting for a People's Agenda that puts the interests of the people of IL over those of deep-pocketed political donors". He also accused Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of being unwilling to compromise.

The legislation bounced several times Tuesday. The research-and-development tax credit would be reinstated, and the earned income tax credit for low-income families would be increased.

The decision to place the state's ratings under review for Moody's downgrade incorporates our expectation that the legislature will implement revenue increases, overriding the governor's vetoes.

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